Visitor information

Next open day: Saturday 24 April 2021.

Opening hours: 11am to 4pm, with last admission at 3pm.

We recommend allowing at least 30 minutes for your museum visit. Bookings are not required. Admission is by gold coin donation.

Health and safety for visitors and our volunteer staff are paramount. We have adapted our operations and visitor experience to help protect the wellbeing of our community.

  • Visitors will be required to observe social distancing.
  • Registration upon entry is required.
  • Facemasks are not mandatory, however they are strongly recommended and must be carried.
  • Limits on the number of people within individual trams and exhibition spaces will apply.

This advice may change subject to the latest State Government COVIDSafe settings.

 

The museum is home to 20 fully-restored trams including:

  • a ‘toast-rack’ bodied V-class from 1906 – one of the first electrified trams in Melbourne
  • several versions of the iconic Melbourne W-class trams
  • the experimental X-class tram designed for lightly patronised routes
  • the prototype of the Z-class which marked the steady modernisation of the fleet when it was introduced in 1975.

Encounter a part of the history of Melbourne at a unique heritage location.

Need more information? Contact info@trammuseum.org.au.

How to get there

The Melbourne Tram Museum is located at 8 Wallen Road Hawthorn, Victoria. Use the embedded Google Map at the bottom of this page to obtain detailed directions; the museum location is highlighted with an ‘A’. The Melway reference for the museum location is Map 45, B12.

Car parking is available next door to the museum at the Wallen Road Reserve.

Public transport access to the museum is excellent: the closest tram stop is stop 29 – Riversdale Junction, at the intersection of Riversdale Road, Power Street and Wallen Road – on tram routes 70 (Docklands – Wattle Park) and 75 (City – Vermont South). A short walk from the tram stop down Wallen Road will bring you to the museum entrance. For timetable details, or public transport directions, visit the Public Transport Victoria website.


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Accessibility

The Melbourne Tram Museum welcomes visitors with special needs. The following information is provided to assist the planning of your visit.

While the depot and our collection reflect an era prior to the introduction of the Disability Discrimination Act, parts of the depot are still accessible to wheelchairs and those with limited mobility. The training room, main room, depot gift shop/reception, and a defined pathway following the outer perimeter of the depot shed can all be accessed by wheelchairs and mobility aids.

Due to its former status as an operating depot and the heritage nature of our collection, it may not be possible to access all the walkways between tramcar roads, view all of the trams in the collection, or access individual tramcars without assistance.

Companion Card

Visitors with a companion card are entitled to free entry when accompanying their carer on presentation of their card at the ticket desk.

Transport

Disabled parking spaces are available in both the depot fan and council carpark adjacent to the depot, with public footpath access to the museum entrance. However, due to the terrain there may be steep inclines.

Tram routes 70 and 75 pass the depot via Stop 29 (Riversdale Junction). While the stop is wheelchair accessible, low-floor trams do not typically serve these routes. Hawthorn station is a ten minute walk on public footpaths.

Facilities

An accessible toilet is available at the Depot and can be reached via a step-free pathway from the main entrance.

Audio Description

Guided tours are usually available on open days. This service is offered subject to availability of tour guides.

Articles on the Melbourne Tram Museum’s website are progressively being made available in streaming audio formats.

Access for people who are visually impaired

Service and assistance animals are welcome in the museum.

Information

If you are planning to bring in a group that has particular access requirements, we recommend that the group leader visits the depot prior to the tour to establish suitability and if any special arrangements are needed.

If you would like further information about accessibility at the Melbourne Tram Museum, please contact us at info@trammuseum.org.au.